Kenzo just unveiled an energizing new film by director duo Partel Oliva that celebrates nightlife as a shared form of entertainment and self-expression, and which often blurs racial lines and are is often an exemplar of progressive communities (at least in New York and other major cities worldwide). Whether you agree or not with the social message, one thing is clear…the film moves. The dance film, with movement direction by Ryan Heffington, is set to music by Egyptian-Iranian musician Lafawndah (if you’re unfamiliar, check her out ASAP) and BR-RR.
Heffington is a famed dancer and choreographer based in Los Angeles with two Grammy nominations under his belt for Arcade Fire’s music video for “We Exist” (2013) and Sia’s “Chandelier” (2014), the latter of which won a VMA award.
Dance has long been an art form that designers Carol Lim and Humberto Leon have used to express their collections. The new video features Kenzo’s women’s Resort 2017 collection and men’s Spring 2017 collection. As arbiters of youth culture, the duo is always on the pulse of what’s next, and that means everything from what the kids are wearing to the venues they’re wearing it to, the music they’re listening to, and the films they’re watching. Look here for the next wave, whatever form it may take.